Middlesbrough 0:0 City
City earned a decent point at the Riverside on Wednesday night in a scrappy goalless draw with Middlesbrough…
After Sunday’s long trip to Cardiff 500 City fans clocked up more miles with a trip to the North East, and still didn’t see any goals.
Sven made one change to his side with Johnson in for Fernandes, his first league start since 2009.
After an uneventful opening 20 minutes, with Schmeichel saving an angled Bennett drive, City should have taken the lead when Peltier had nodded an Abe cross to a well positioned Beckford but the former Everton man got too much on his header and sent it over the bar.
Chances were a rarity as the first half progressed with Schmeichel easily fielding an mnes effort and Vassell going close after being set up by Johnson.
The second half saw Beckford replaced by Schlupp after just three minutes, the youngster in the news for apparently attracting the interest of Liverpool.
After Abe wasted a chance and Fernandes came on for the injured Johnson, Boro gradually took control of proceedings. Schmeichel had to save a MacMahon free-kick from range and as the game entered it’s closing stages it was more a case of City holding on for a point, substitute Arca going uncomfortably close last on.
But neither side has really done enough to earn three points and a 0-0 draw was about right.
Sven was pleased with a third consecutive clean sheet in the league but admitted that: “We didn’t make many clear chances.” With the defence now looking solid it is time he turned his attention to the forwards line.
Middlesbrough: Ikeme, Hoyte (Arca 83), Bates, McMahon, Williams, Bennett, Robson (Thomson 83), Bailey, Haroun, McDonald (Nimely 61), Emnes. Subs: Zemmama, McManus.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Peltier, King, Abe, Wellens (Danns 77), Johnson (Fernandes 61), Vassell, Beckford (Schlupp 48). Subs: Weale, Paintsil.
Referee: A Bates (Staffs). Attendance: 16,883.